Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) status May 2, 2011

published May 2nd, 2011 | categories: Companies, Sony Online Entertainment | all categories

In a press release today, Sony said that computer hackers maliciously gained access to a second online service, Sony Online Entertainment (SOE). SOE is best known for products such as EverQuest®, EverQuest® II, Champions of Norrath®, PlanetSide®Free Realms®, Clone Wars Adventures™, and DC Universe Online™.

All SOE services, including those listed above, were shutdown to assess and identify the network breach. Sony is working with the F.B.I. to investigate the breach. Hackers gained access to personal information for 24.6 million customer accounts. Coupled with the initial take-down of the San Diego based data center, over 100 million user accounts have been comprimised.

The personal information from SOE user accounts that were accessed include:

  • name
  • address
  • e-mail address
  • birthdate
  • gender
  • phone number
  • login name
  • hashed password.

In addition to the information above, the 10,700 direct debit records from accounts in Austria, Germany, Netherlands and Spain, include:

  • bank account number
  • customer name
  • account name
  • customer address.

The company said it doesn’t believe credit-card information on those accounts was accessed, but said hackers may have stolen credit-card data for about 12,700 non-U.S. accounts and 10,700 bank-account numbers from an “outdated database from 2007.”

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704436004576299491191920416.html

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